May 19, 2024

Following his $13 million contract signing with the New Orleans Saints, defensive end Chase Young, previously with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Commanders, raised eyebrows with his remarks. Despite being a former Defensive Rookie of the Year, Young’s choice appears to have been primarily driven by financial considerations. Despite not meeting the lofty expectations associated with being the second overall draft pick, Young had a respectable showing in 2023, tallying 7.5 sacks, 25 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 15 QB hits split between Washington and San Francisco.

Former Ohio State Defensive End Chase Young Expected to Sign With New  Orleans Saints | Eleven Warriors

However, lingering concerns about his consistency and effort may have contributed to his inability to secure a long-term contract and his subsequent delay in signing with a new team. Signing a one-year deal with the Saints, who have faced challenges since the departure of Sean Payton and Drew Brees, Young seemed to question the team’s current state, given their recent playoff drought and questionable offseason moves, including signing Derek Carr.

Transitioning from a Super Bowl contender to a team with uncertain prospects, Young’s assertion of joining a “winning culture” with the Saints appears paradoxical. Nonetheless, by opting for a short-term contract, Young positions himself to potentially secure a more favorable deal in 2025, banking on his strong performance in 2023 and his impending free agency in his prime years.

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